With so many festivals leaving the scene or changing their own scene, the DREAM UP FESTIVAL 2019, presented every end-of-summer by Theater For The New City, Crystal Field, Artistic Director, remains a go-to place for quality indie theater these days.
A shining example is this particular entry in this year’s festival – opening in just a few days. Dangerous to Dance With written by Bill Rogers and directed by Gerald vanHeerden. This featured event will be at TNC’s Johnson Theater Space, 155 First Avenue (between 9th and 10th Streets), NYC for FIVE PERFORMANCES ONLY: 8/30 Friday, 9pm; 09/01 Sunday, 8pm; 09/02 Monday, 6:30pm; 09/04 Wednesday, 9pm; and 09/05 Thursday, 6:30pm.
A paranoid playwright, a broken acrobat, a adult film star, a neurotic farmer, and a plumber (who may be a hitman), walk in a secluded Missouri farmhouse. Imagine watching a live episode of HBO’s Big Little Lies or Deception? What’s funnier than a play about SEX, GREED, AND SELF-DECEPTION?
Directed by another festival dignitary, Gerald vanHeerden, former artistic director of the Midtown International Theatre Festival, one of the oldest and most respected in the line-up of arts fests in NYC.
We had a chance to chat with four featured members of the cast:
Drew Jordan, Mark A. Keeton and Brothers Hofmaier – Luke & Mark
Jordan, a Bay Ridginal Brooklynite, began as an athlete, then a trainer then dabbled in commercial print work and then… the rest is history. Keeton, a 20-year veteran of New York theater as an actor, director, and writer (in theater and film) is also a serious animal lover with a house full of them and the Hofmaier men: Luke, a native New Yorker, who began his career at age 8 appearing with his father in Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing; and Mark, a life long actor; coach; husband; father; devoted and loyal friend; dog lover.
Mark Hofmaier: Same way I approach any role, one step at a time – from both the outside and inside, looking for behavior and motivation, as well as character traits – using imagination and intuition, + years of experience and technique
Luke Hofmaier: Every role/project is a little bit different in terms of process. I haven’t used the word “mission”, but I guess my mission would be to personalize and tell the truth in every role I play, all while serving the greater story. And to enjoy myself in the process.
Mark A. Keeton: Same mission – create a believable and compelling character AND HAVE FUN DOING IT.
Living playwright … pros (and are there cons?). All pros – have the advantage of asking questions, and collaborating at a higher level.
What do you hope the audience takes away from this piece? a sense of enjoyment and entertainment: an evening in the theater well spent!
Mark A. Keeton: I enjoy working with living playwrights because you can sometimes create new moments and ideas together.
Mark A. Keeton: All pros – have the advantage of asking questions, and collaborating at a higher level.
Drew Jordan: I hope the audience sees themselves or someone they know within the play. I hope it gives them a better understanding of what someone may be going through and possibly a way to break through to them
Mark A. Keeton: I hope the audience will thoroughly enjoy the show and take away a positive message about breaking out of stasis, despite how difficult change can be. The only shots you regret are the ones you don’t take.
Luke Hofmaier: I hope they have fun! This play deals with characters who are grappling with their fantasized or past self-image versus who they are in reality, and I think that’s something we all deal with and can relate to.
Mark A. Keeton: A sense of enjoyment and entertainment: an evening in the theater well spent!
SEX, GREED, AND SELF-DECEPTION: A DARK COMEDY
A paranoid playwright, a broken acrobat, a porn star, a neurotic farmer, and a plumber, who may be a hitman, meet in a secluded Missouri farmhouse. Together they face one of life’s most pressing questions: should they laugh or should they die?
Website link: Dangerous to Dance With
Johnson Theater Space
155 First Avenue
(between 9th and 10th Streets)
New York, NY 10003
New York Premiere, 90 mins running time
8/30 Friday, 9pm
09/01 Sunday, 8pm
09/02 Monday, 6:30pm
09/04 Wednesday, 9pm
09/05 Thurday, 6:30pm